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The rowdy Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 is one step closer to its home in the Mazdaspeed Miata!
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Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata (Part 4): Rear End, Engine Prep—and the Transmission Arrives

Let’s jump right in and see what’s happening in this episode of our Miata makeover: We welded thick reinforcement braces in the engine bay. These braces are designed to add […]

After looking for months for a 1980-1985 Bronco with a V8 and a 4 speed manual, Sorger just about gave up finding one. “I mentioned to my daughter Shelby what I was looking for, she said that her and her husband had one they would sell me,” Sorger said.  The Bronco is 1984 Custom with a 302, a four-speed, and an NP235 transfer case. Dig the snazzy steps.
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Desert Bronco: Building a Full Size Bronco for Off-Road Racing

The first-generation (1966-77) Ford Bronco has been a popular off-road vehicle since its introduction. However its successor, the 1978-96 full-size Bronco, outsold it by a large margin. Designed to directly […]

Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part 2): Step-by-Step Short Block Assembly
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Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part 2): Step-by-Step Short Block Assembly

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian has been building engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines and vehicle restoration. As […]

Watch Live as a Corvette Gets Transformed During Ridetech’s 48-Hour Corvette Build
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Watch Live as a Corvette Gets Transformed During Ridetech’s 48-Hour Corvette Build

Update, Friday, March 13: You know how these things go. The Ridetech crew has been hard at work transforming a 1972 Corvette into a road race and autocross monster for the […]

Looks like it belongs in there, doesn’t it? This is a very encouraging step, but there is still a ton of work to be done.
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Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata (Part 3): The Engine Arrives and Surgery Begins

You already know we’ve chosen the powerful and compact LS3 for this build, but which LS3? We went right to the top and got the LS376/525 crate engine. It’s the […]

Big Block Blueprint: Duplicating Kiwi Customs’ Ford 557 Budget Big Block
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Big Block Blueprint: Duplicating Kiwi Customs’ Ford 557 Budget Big Block

What’s in a name? In the case of Kiwi Classics and Customs‘ KSV9000 Mustang, there are 557 cubic inches packed into the name. The KSV9000 Mustang got its name from […]

Removing the dash is necessary to make our firewall and tunnel modifications. With the dash out of the way, removing the wiring harness, pedal assembly, and pretty much everything else will be much easier.
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Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata (Part 2): Completing the Teardown and Breakdown

In part one of Project Thunderbolt, we laid out the plans to stuff a GM LS3 V8 in to a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata. In this update we’re finishing the teardown […]

Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part One): Engine Block Machining & Prep
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Mopar 499 Street Thumper (Part One): Engine Block Machining & Prep

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian has been building engines almost as long as there has been internal combustion. Mike’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines and vehicle restoration. […]

Tah-dah! Having never done anything like this before, Tom says it was a pretty wild moment. “I’m filing this photo under “things I do that my wife will never, ever, ever understand,” he explained. It’s OK, buddy—we do.
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(Updated with Video) Project Thunderbolt LS3 V8 Miata, Part 1: The Master Plan and Teardown

Light car + big engine = silly go-fast fun. Back in the 1940s and ‘50s it was Ford flathead, Olds, and Caddy V8s in Model As. Pontiac stuffed a 389 […]

A better view of the 363 with its new Edlebrock Victor Jrs. in place. The rocker arms are COMP Cams’ Ultra Gold rollers. The 1.6 ratio rockers have a very stiff extruded aluminum body that has an arced channel and contoured top, similar to a bridge design, to give the rockers an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The rocker body has additional CNC contouring to improve clearances for valve covers and springs. COMP even replaced the trunnion retaining clips with a durable spiral lock type clip, similar to the locks that hold a piston pin in place.
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Iron Man 363: Building a Stout Small Block Ford for NASA American Iron Competition

Marc Sorger is a diehard racer. At age 13, he and his dad built a 1957 Chevy with a tunnel-rammed 301 small block and 5.13 gears (“I won a bunch […]